Prince Andrew left off guest list for meeting with Donald Trump attended by most royals

Prince Andrew has been left off the guest list for a meeting of some of the world's most powerful leaders.

The Royal Family is hosting a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace on December 3, and while most prominent royal figures will be in attendance - as well as some of the less-known members - beleaguered Prince Andrew won't be.

An "operational note" released on Wednesday said the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Catherine Middleton, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra would attend. 

Prince William will be overseas at the time while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a break from engagements.

The reception will mark 70 years of the NATO alliance, with the likes of US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson partaking. 

Prince Andrew - the Queen's second eldest son - has been under siege since his now-infamous Newsnight interview, where he admitted to "letting the side down" with his association to paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. 

He has been accused of having sex with a 17-year-old, but denies the allegations. 

In the aftermath of the interview, he stepped away from official duties while the Queen reportedly cancelled his 60th birthday party. Numerous charities have cut their relationship with him.

Jeffrey Epstein died in prison in August 2019. He was arrested for sex trafficking minors and faced accusations of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

He would have served up to 45 years in prison if convicted, but died before he reached trial.